The UAE is a melting pot of nationalities, with individuals from all over the world choosing to live in the country. In fact, it is among the few countries in the world where expats outnumber the local population. They contribute significantly to the economy and work...read more
"Ah, this is a long story!” laughs Ghassan Aboud, when I cheekily ask him to tell me a succinct version of his 25-year-long entrepreneurial journey so far, which, at the moment, sees him at the helm of Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG), a Dubai-headquartered international...read more
The winners of the fourth edition of the Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2018 were announced at the St. Regis Dubai on Sunday, 29 April. The event, organised by BNC Publishing for the fourth consecutive year, saw a record-number of winners, 25 in total, being named on...read more
The Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG) is an international conglomerate with diversified interests across key industries including automotive, logistics, media, hospitality, real estate, retail and also bespoke catering.
Established and headquartered in the United Arab Emirates for over 25 years, GAG’s business operations are spread across Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ghassan Aboud, the group has evolved from its initial beginnings in automotive trading to become one of the most respected multi-line businesses internationally.read more
The Cairns Post newspaper published a news story about Ghassan Aboud’s ongoing "development spree" in Cairns, Queezland, after Mr. Aboud’s Crystalbrook Collection purchased a new prime CBD land in Cairns. The paper said, "the Syrian billionaire, who took out the top...read more
We're excited to reveal the top 10 most influential people in TNQ for 2017. There are some big surprises in this final section of both our TropicNow Power 50 List and The Cairns Post's most influential list. Don't forget: the full list will be published in the next...read more
Brussels-based Syrian businessman Ghassan Aboud has bought a north Queensland retreat, Crystal¬brook Lodge, as well as a 34,000ha cattle station, as he ¬expands his tourism portfolio further into the state’s rural areas. The billionaire, who made his fortune from the...read more
CRYSTALBROOK Collection has bought the Port Douglas Reef Marina with plans for a $100 million-plus redevelopment including a five-star hotel, luxury apartment complex and new superyacht berths. The company already has more than $370 million invested across three hotel...read more
A CAIRNS company is helping drive the transformation of Rydges Tradewinds into a five-star hotel. Prime Group has been awarded the lucrative construction contract for the major project, due for completion in mid-2018. Company director Andy Taylor has met...read more
Dubai-based Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud plans to invest $100 million into a new hotel and residences at Port Douglas after snapping up the Reef Marina at the northern Queensland destination. The investment - through Crystalbrook Collection, the hospitality arm in...read more